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December 16, 2016

Marijuana study greenlighted at St. Francis hospital

HBJ File Photo Medical marijuana.

St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center will be the first in Connecticut to conduct medical marijuana research under a new program authorized by the legislature.

The state Department of Consumer Protection said Friday that it has authorized St. Francis -- part of the Trinity Health-New England system -- to conduct marijuana research on patients with multiple rib fractures.

The state Department of Consumer Protection began accepting research applications on Oct. 1.

State law enacted last May allows DCP to approve medical marijuana research program proposals for DPH-licensed healthcare facilities, higher education institutions, or DCP-licensed medical marijuana dispensary facilities or producers.

DCP Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris and St. Francis representatives are slated to speak at a press conference this afternoon.

So far, DCP says its medical marijuana program has created 259 jobs. There are 584 physicians registered with the program and 14,858 certified patients.

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